Special Projects

The Lakehouse

The Lakehouse is an innovative pop-up housing model that provides safe, temporary accommodation to around 40 older women in Melbourne.

Formerly a residential aged care facility, the building was sitting empty awaiting redevelopment. Through collaboration with the private sector and local governments, we have repurposed this building on a short-term lease, paying peppercorn rent of $1 a year, to provide affordable housing for older women.

Lakehouse is a co-living facility situated within close proximity to shopping precincts and frequent public transport. Each room has its own ensuite facilities, small bar fridge, double bed and mattress, bedside side table, bedside lamp and tall lamp.

This innovative solution garnered much praise not just from our tenants and community, but from the wider industry also, with the presentation of the PowerHousing Australia’s Leadership and Innovation Award in August 2018.

In the first year of operation, Lakehouse provided shelter to more than 50 women seeking affordable accommodation. The Lakehouse lease has now been extended till 2020, ensuring that we can continue to support many more older women in need of affordable accommodation.

We are constantly working on developing new and innovative affordable accommodation options for women across Australia. Please visit our Development page to learn more.